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November 12, 2019 CMS Administrator Talks Block Grants, Value Based Models and More This Morning

ANCOR staff attending the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) annual conference in Washington DC heard Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma lay out the Trump Administration’s vision for Medicaid this morning. 

November 12, 2019 10 Days Before U.S. Government Runs Out of Money, Congress Still Negotiating

Budget negotiations are sure to overshadow most other policy discussions in Congress next week in the face of the looming deadline of November 21, when the federal government runs out of funds.

November 12, 2019 ANCOR Joins 102 Orgs to Support Renewal of Older Americans Act

As part of its work with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and organizations outside the consortium, ANCOR joined a letter of support to Congressional leadership in favor of the Dignity in Aging Act, H.R. 4334, which would renew the Older Americans Act (OAA). 

November 12, 2019 House GOP Health Reform Plan Described as White House Trial Balloon

While the GOP health care reform proposal discussed below has limited legislative prospects at this time because it is unlikely to move forward in the Democratic-controlled House, ANCOR is following the proposal because backing from the White House could mean some ideas in the plan might be tested at the executive or state levels.

November 12, 2019 Senate Committee Advances Bipartisan Plan to Reform Budget Process

Programs that address key needs in the disability community, such as nutrition assistance and housing supports, have been affected by the contentious federal budget process in the past few years. As such, ANCOR will be monitoring this proposal by the Senate Budget Committee to smooth the process in coming years.

November 12, 2019 GOP Congressional Committee Report Calls for Reforming Charitable Deductions

ANCOR members have seen their charitable donation revenue decrease following changes to the tax code that took effect in 2018, making a new report by Republican members of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee relevant to our readers. 

November 12, 2019 Another Key Democrat Announces 2020 Retirement

Senior House Appropriations committee member U.S. Representative Pete Visclosky (D-IN) announced his retirement last week.

November 12, 2019 Opportunity: HHS Seeks Feedback on Person-Centered Planning – Deadline Dec. 2

Person-centered planning being a key tenet of supports that help people with intellectual / developmental disabilities (I/DD) live in the community, we want to make sure our members do not miss this opportunity to respond to a request for feedback by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

November 12, 2019 DOL Inspector General Finds Apprenticeship Program Misused Funds

As reported by Career Education Review: "The Labor Department misused more than $1 million to finance a White House-directed apprenticeship program after repeatedly telling Congress that existing funding would not be spent on the initiative, the DOL has confirmed."

November 12, 2019 CMS Issues Info Bulletin on Streamlining Medicaid Managed Care Contract Process

Providers whose states’ Medicaid manage care contracts cover intellectual / developmental disability (I/DD) supports might want to follow how their state responds to a new information bulletin on the topic by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).